TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, 5.00 ● THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CONG DEMANDS PROBE, LEFT SAYS GOVT IN DOCK ICMR, PHFI, GOVT STUDY IN LANCET Mallya claims he met Jaitley before leaving and offered to settle, FM says false, I snubbed him ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 12 TRIGGERING A political firestorm in India, fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya said in London Wednesday that he had “met the Finance Minister” before leaving India in 2016 and “repeated my offer to settle with the banks”. Mallya’s claim was immediately dismissed as “factually false” by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Mallya, however, sought to downplay his comments later, saying it was “not fair” to create a controversy over a “totally innocent statement” and that he had only “happened to meet” the Finance Minister. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London is hearing Mallya’s extradition case, with the judge fixing December 10 as the date for the verdict. Earlier, asked by reporters outside the court if he had been “tipped off” before leaving India, Mallya said: “I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. ImettheFinanceMinisterbefore I left, repeated my offer to settle withthebanks.Thatisthetruth.” BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 12 ALMOST THREE months before the Rs 13,600-crore banking fraud in the state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) became public, diamond jeweller Nirav Moditriedtosecureacitizenship of Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, sources confirmed to The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After initial questions, Govt clears 100 per cent Rlys electrification Before scam broke, Nirav Modi tried for citizenship of Vanuatu — was rejected For citizenship of Vanuatu, Modi had, in November 2017, transferred $195,000 from his personalaccounttooneof the18 authorised agents of the Vanuatu government who facilitate Citizenship by Investment program of the country. Subsequently, the Vanuatu government ran an intelligence check on Modi and unearthed “adverse findings” against him. This prompted the Vanuatu CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nirav Modi PapuaNew Guinea VANUATU Australia Told him no point talking to me, he must make offers to bankers: Jaitley; Mallya later says meeting not formal Coral Sea Island nation in South Pacific Ocean said no to Nirav Modi’s application after due diligence EXPRESS INTERVIEW Bought only 36 Rafale jets as back-end infra didn’t allow for more: Sitharaman On Reliance Defence as offset partner: ‘I have not done any match-making’ SUSHANTSINGH NEWDELHI,SEPTEMBER12 Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday. Renuka Puri ECONOMY Page 11 AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 12 FOUR MONTHS after Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioned the need for total electrification of the country’s rail network, the PM-led Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA)onWednesdayapproved 100percentelectrificationof the Indian Railways, tentatively by 2021-22,settlingadecades-long debate. When complete, this will make Indian Railways one of the largest electrified railway networksintheworld—afterChina, whichhas87,000km(around68 percentofitsnetwork)electrified —andtheonlylargerailwaywith 100 per cent electrification. Currently,around48percent of thecountry’s61,680kmbroad gauge railway network is electrified. These are mostly trafficintensive routes, signifying healthy return on investments. Accordingtotheexistingarrangement already in the works, this was to increase to around 78-80 percentinthebusiness-as-usual mode,bybringinganother17,000 km under electrification in the next few years. ● NEW MSP FORMULA GETS CABINET NOD ● INCENTIVES FOR ETHANOL OUTPUT UNION DEFENCE Minister NirmalaSitharamanhassaidthat thegovernmentchosetoprocure only36Rafalefighteraircraftfrom France in 2015, instead of the 126 being negotiated by the previous government,asinfrastructureand other technical requirements of the Indian Air Force (IAF) do not allow for greater induction. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Neeraj Priyadarshi Karnataka police joins dots between Gauri Lankesh and Kalburgi murders JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 12 The Cabinet’s decision on Wednesday takes this to a full 100 per cent coverage, with the move to electrify the remaining 13,675 route km. However, this approval does not cover 3,479 km of metre gauge and 2,209 of broad gauge network. Sources said the Cabinet’sapproval may indicate a slight softening of stand on the part of the PrimeMinister.“100percentelectrificationtargetshouldbeexaminedwithreferencetoglobalpractice where a mix of diesel and electric traction is the preferred norm,”theminutesofthePM’sreviewmeetinghadstated,adding, “Diesel traction will remain relevant in many areas. Premature condemnation of diesel locos must not be resorted to.” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her office. THE CRIMINAL Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka police has identified two youths arrested for the shooting of journalist Gauri LankeshinBengalurulastyearas the first suspects in the August 30, 2015 shooting of Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi in Dharwad. The CID has moved a court in Dharwad for custody of Ganesh Miskin, 27, and Amit Baddi, 28, residents of Hubbali city, neighbouring Dharwad, who are currently lodged in a jail in Bengaluru after being arrested by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for their alleged involvement in the Lankesh murder. The CID has sought warrants after preliminary investigations and an SIT report in the Lankesh MM Kalburgi was killed in August 2015 case revealed that these two are allegedly linked to the Kalburgi murder plot. Miskin, who was involved in a business of making incense sticks, was arrested in July by the Karnataka SIT probing the Lankesh murder after investigations revealed that he was the rider of a motorcycle that transportedtheshootertothejournalist’s house for the murder on September 5, 2017. Baddi, Miskin’s friend and a small-time goldsmith,wasarrestedafterthe SIT probe revealed that he allegedly helped the killers get awayinacarafterkillingLankesh. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR TASK CUT OUT: UNROLLING 1.7 LAKH SQ M CARPET AT DELHI AIRPORT ANKITA DWIVEDI JOHRI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 12 AT LEAST 320 workers, 20 weaving machines and four months of “tireless work” at a unit near Pune was what it took to produce the 2,000 rolls of carpet for Delhi Airport’s T3, one of the biggest terminals in the world with an annual footfall of nearly 40 million. When T3 opened to the world for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the carpets were as much a highlight as the new terminal. But the brown-and-beige rugs with designs depicting the “radial streets of Lutyens’s Delhi” have since faced criticism for causing inconvenience in dragging trolley bags and upkeep. And now, they are being replaced with “hard flooring”. “The carpets were an integral part of T3’s overall design philosophy and required high maintenance. However, exten- This will now be replaced with hard flooring. Express sive use and buggy movement have flattened the rugs in some parts. They will now be replaced with hard flooring that matches the granite flooring in the other areas. Preliminary work has begun,” a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said. DIAL insists that the decision to remove the carpets was not a reaction to a tweet by a passenger that popped up on Union Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha’s Twitter account last month. On August 18, tagging Sinha’s Twitter handle, the passenger Suyash Gupta tweeted: “@jayantsinha @DelhiAirport #T3 at Delhi needs massive makeover. Almost all passengers want the dirty rugs to go. Please, let us not fall prey to a sunk investment fallacy. It is very inconvenient and now, stinkingly smelly also, to walk to the boarding gates.” The tweet triggered a string of similar reactions from users across social media platforms, most complaining about the obstruction caused by the rugs. Responding to the complaint, a tweet from the Delhi Airport Twitter handle said: “We have initiated the design and implementation process for the replacement of the carpet with hard flooring in the passenger movement area, along with piers in a phased manner.” The DIAL spokesperson said the condition of the carpets first came on the radar during “regular checks” two years ago. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “Every time you induct one squadron(standardfleetof18aircraft),thereisarequirementfora lotofotherparaphernaliatocome in.Givenasetofparameters,ifyou quickly want to induct, two is the ideal,”SitharamantoldTheIndian Express in an interview. “Air Force Technical Details will tell you, that for any emergency-based induction, it is always two squadrons and not more than that. So that justifies whywesettledfortwo.Becausein ready, flyway condition, that is all you can induct, otherwise you havetospendalotmoreoncreatingotherparaphernaliaforbringingin,”sheadded,“atatimeforus toprocure,beyondtwosquadrons, infrastructure and other things would not have been possible, thereforewe settledfortwo.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 6 4 of 10 women who commit suicide in world are from India, most are under 40 ANURADHA MASCARENHAS PUNE, SEPTEMBER 12 ALMOST FOUR in every ten women who commit suicide across the world are from India; 71.2 per cent of suicide deaths among women in India were in the 15-39 age group; between 1990 and 2016, the suicide rate among women in India reduced by almost 27 per cent. Theseareamongthefindings of a paper, “Gender differentials and state variations in suicide deathsinIndia:theGlobalBurden of Disease Study 1990-2016,” published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health. The study found that India’s contribution to global suicide deaths increased from 25.3 per cent in 1990 to 36.6 per cent in 2016 among women, but at the sametime,theage-standardised suicide death rate (SDR) among women in India reduced by 26.7 per cent from 20 per 1 lakh population in 1990 to 14.7 per 1 lakh population in 2016. According to the study, in 2016,Indiaaccountedfor17.8per cent(130crore)oftheglobalpopulationbutrecorded36.6percent (94,380) of the 2,57,624 suicides among women across the world and 24.3 per cent of global suicides among men. Compare this to1990:Indiahad16.4percentof the global population and accountedfor25.3percentofglobal suicide deaths among women. The Lancet paper warns of an impending public health crisis. “Young adults are taking their own lives in alarmingly high SUICIDE DEATHS AMONG WOMEN Tamil Nadu 25.3 Karnataka 23.5 West Bengal 20.6 Tripura 20.3 Andhra Pradesh 19.8 Telangana 18.8 (Per lakh population) numbers, constituting a public healthcrisis.Suicideranksfirstas thecauseofdeathinIndiainboth theagegroupsof15-29yearsand 15-39years,ascomparedwithits second and third rank globally in these age groups, respectively,” stated the paper. ThepaperpublishedinLancet is part of the India State-level Disease Burden Initiative, a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public HealthFoundationofIndia(PHFI), and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In 2016, as many as 1,45,567 youngsters between the age of 15-39 took their lives. Road trafficinjurieswerethesecondcause of death among the young in India at 115,714 deaths followed by 85,733 deaths due to ischaemic heart disease and another79,845duetotuberculosis. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 5
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